August 4, 2022
CNN and Warner Bros. Discovery have announced the launch of a dedicated CNN Originals hub on Discovery+ domestically.
Beginning August 19, Discovery+ subscribers will be able to access a curated selection of library CNN content through a new hub featuring premium programming from the network’s brands: CNN Original Series, CNN Films, and HLN Original Series.
“We’re thrilled to expand the reach of CNN and HLN’s powerful nonfiction programming to subscribers of Discovery+,” Chris Licht, chairman and CEO of CNN, said in a statement. “Our original series have an unrivaled ability to introduce and immerse audiences in stories of the people, places and cultures that make this world so fantastic and, at times, frightening. By offering our programming through Discovery+, more people can explore and experience CNN’s premium content.”
“True crime, food and travel programming are among the most-watched genres for Discovery+ viewers, so these titles from CNN will fit right in with our best-in-class collection of unscripted content,” J.B. Perrette, president and CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery Streaming, said in a statement. “We’re excited to offer our subscribers access to a comprehensive offering of CNN Original Series available to stream with their existing subscription.”
Subscribers will have access to more than 800 episodes of current and legacy programming from the CNN Original Series and HLN Original Series library. Among the CNN Original Series titles available at launch are the 13-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”; Primetime Emmy Award-winning “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy”; “The History of the Sitcom”; the five-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning “United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell”; “The History of Comedy,” executive produced by Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner and Mark Herzog; and “This is Life With Lisa Ling.” HLN Original Series titles including “How It Really Happened,” “Death Row Stories,” “The Hunt With John Walsh” and “Very Scary People” will also be available. Select titles from the CNN Films library will stream exclusively on Discovery+. Additional programming from CNN Films and CNN Original Series is available on HBO Max. The CNN Original “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?” will also debut on HBO Max this fall.
“As we celebrate the tenth anniversary of CNN Original Series, this new collaboration allows us to share these smart and entertaining projects with a new and already engaged audience,” Amy Entelis, EVP of talent and content development for CNN worldwide, said in a statement. “We know subscribers will enjoy exploring over 800 episodes of award-winning programming from CNN and HLN Original Series and CNN Films.”
In addition to this initial offering of CNN Originals available to stream, select CNN Original Series and HLN Original Series will be added to the CNN Originals Hub and stream on Discovery+ in the future following their linear run on the cable networks. Titles will be announced in the months to come.
Beginning Aug. 19, Discovery+ subscribers can access the CNN Originals Hub within the Discovery+ app or on the web at discoveryplus.com.